This Week in Milford

June 28, 2021

Lukewarm? All The Heat Has Escaped By Now

Filed under: actual action, baseball, Oakwood, The Bucket — nedryerson @ 3:47 am

There was another baseball game against Oakwood. All we are shown is victorious fist bumping after a win. That’s actual action…of a sort.

There isn’t time or space to give us a glimpse at the post game festivities at The Bucket. The narration box suggests that Zane Clark attended the festivities at The Bucket before heading to the library for more studying. I wonder if Mr. Brito drives by to see how late the library stays open and counts cars in the parking lot.

Well, look who’s bringing Zane some of that (tepid) Coffee Cantina brew. It’s Katie Brito! So things are good between these two. Zane references his coffee idea for the library*. Ha ha ha. Can we freeze and roll credits on these lamoids now.

*Yeah, the library should be operating and staffing a coffee stand that will be open just in case Zane (or the homeless guy who sleeps behind the unplugged microfiche reader) needs a caffeine fix. That’s a great use of community resources.


  1. I was dying for some actual sports action. Thanks Rubin and Whigham, that should last me another month. Thank goodness we’re back to the exciting library story. Today we see Zane sitting in the middle of a bunch of….conference room tables? Not even using any of the empty PCs. He could be doing this at home but he’ probably trying to increase the library attendance as much as possible to help his candidacy. While the Library Board enters their 3rd week of deliberations on who is the best choice to fill the vacant slot.

    Comment by MopMan — June 28, 2021 @ 6:30 am

  2. The library in my town, pre-pandemic, did have a self-serve coffee area, however, someone on staff still had to brew and fill the coffee thermos, and by the end of the night, there wasn’t any drinkable amount left. I wish they would ship Katy off like they’re doin’ with PP too. She’s annoying af, with her stupid Joker makeup.

    Comment by franku2016 — June 28, 2021 @ 6:59 am

  3. A note on the “Coach Jensen” who coached Debbie Roy who was mentioned yesterday, that was Jessie Jensen who coached the softball team in their first season shown in this strip, 2004. She left at the end of the year, marrying longtime football assistant coach Jon Dowd, who went on to become the head coach at Bellaire High School. Neither Jessie nor Jon has been seen since. The 2004 softball team’s playdown appearance was the only one in the history of the softball team for many years, until 2019, and remains the only time the Lady Mudlarks have won a playdown game.

    More interesting, though, is that both Jon Dowd and Debbie Roy are ultimately responsible for Coach Kaz coming to Milford. If Joe Clifford isn’t so smitten with Debbie Roy that he is willing to join the softball team just to get close to her, he likely doesn’t wind up organizing a fast pitch softball team to play in the Lane City league in the summer of 2004. If Clifford’s team never plays in the Lane City league, Gil never stumbles across Kaz the sleeveless umpire. But Gil doesn’t need to hire an assistant coach at all if Jon Dowd isn’t hired away from his staff.

    That was Rubin’s first year writing this strip… man the pacing used to be so much better.

    Comment by billytheskink — June 28, 2021 @ 7:48 am

  4. BillytheSkink….you are so correct….I went back and read a few from 2001 to 2004, and yes, the stories moved along nicely, and there was a lot less lame-ness to them as well. Mostly sports and real teen stuff, not this far-fetched bullshit that we’ve been reading for the last 10 years, at least.

    Comment by franku2016 — June 28, 2021 @ 9:04 am

  5. @billytheskink: Thanks for elaborating on my shallow dive into Debbie Roy’s pool in Saturday’s post.

    In the process of trying to come up with posts, I’m often struck that where Rubin succeeds in maintaining continuity by name-checking (and sometimes reintroducing) old characters, he fails in taking his arcs to logical conclusions. Hence the commentariat’s frequent refrain to the effect of “This being Gil Thorp, you can count on any conflict being resolved in the most boring and nonsensical fashion possible.”

    Take today, for example. Zane’s logical retort to Katy? “You know what else is lukewarm? My feelings for you. You knew what your old man was about that night when you invited me to dinner. I try to stand up for my rights, to protect my access to the library and its computers, and you make it about taking sides? You’re not Miss Right and now you’re not even Miss Right Now.”

    Comment by teenchy — June 28, 2021 @ 1:49 pm

  6. I agree with Ned, the only kind of sports action we’ve getting a heavy dose of is the equivalent of…”It’s Miller Time!!!!!”

    I remember those Bud commercials of the ’80’s where these athletes are getting schooled in random sport and they decide to suck it in, accompanied by the Bud jingle BRING OUT YOUR BEST

    “Okay, I’ve had 12 runs scored on me but Coach Thorp still has faith in me and I’ve had tons of practice by throwing a million balls through the Goodyear tire. Plus, I won The Library Debate BRING OUT YOUR BEST…”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — June 28, 2021 @ 4:54 pm

  7. 1. Yeah, I missed the forest for the trees when I completely bypassed the tidbit about that dude playing high school girls softball yesterday…In what Bizarro universe would someone think this was a good idea? How did Gilbertina not laugh his ass off the diamond? How did this kid not get teased so badly that he’d have to go into federal witness protection? And he did it thinking it would fucking impress a girl?? Do I even want to ask?

    1a. At least tell me this much — How well did he play? If you’re an able-bodied boy playing girls softball, you damn well had better dominate, right? And I already know there’s no way in hell he made any romantic progress with his crush…

    2. So last week Katy was all “You’re making me choose sides!!!” and this week she wants Zane to give it to her hard and fast in the archives section like nothing ever happened?

    Comment by hitorque — June 28, 2021 @ 5:20 pm

  8. The modern-day beer/sports commercial is Modelo’s “ fighting spirit” ads. It should say “You’ve got that fighting spirit, because you like to get fucked up on our beer”

    Comment by franku2016 — June 28, 2021 @ 6:38 pm

  9. Hitorque…1a) He did dominate as a pitcher. He wasn’t allowed to bat or play in post season, but in typical bullshit Milford fashion, he struck out dam near everyone. He did get teased by opponents, fans, and classmates as well and Moon’s queries forced him to quit. He got the girl in the end too, surprisingly.

    Comment by franku2016 — June 28, 2021 @ 6:47 pm

  10. How does that even work? “I can’t cut it in baseball and I’m too lazy to find a local competitive men’s softball league so I’m just going to mow down a bunch of 10th grade girls like I’m Walter Johnson so the teammate I’m in love with will find me irresistible?”

    Comment by Hitorque — June 28, 2021 @ 8:58 pm

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